Edith Grove's Blog (62)

My Personal State Fair Survival Guide

There's a reason I don't go to very many first run movies and when I do, I go to the matinee. There is no matinee at the state fair. With a $9 adult admission price, I have to choose my days carefully. Right now, the first ever Bluegrass Day on opening Friday looks pretty cool. Local heroes such as the Saltine Ramblers and… Continue

Added by Edith Grove on September 4, 2008 at 9:00am — 7 Comments

Around the World on San Pedro

Who knew that San Pedro was such an international street of mystery? In one corner you have a Mexican restaurant, a French cafe and a tropical grill and sushi bar. Not to mention a phantom German bakery. Interestingly enough, nonexistent German pastries are also non-fattening. The recycled shopping center sign is a testament to the ghosts of restaurants past.

Feeling a hankering for French cuisine, we popped into Le Crepe Pierre for lunch.… Continue

Added by Edith Grove on August 7, 2008 at 11:31am — 22 Comments

Up on the Crest

I remembered everything else: a bottle of water, my hat, my car keys, sunglasses, sun screen, my mother. But I forgot my camera. In searching Flickr for Creative Commons photos to use to illustrate this post, I came across a collection from an old friend from Arkansas (thanks, Clinton Steeds!). Albuquerque is such a "small world" town that I accidentally run into people who don't even live… Continue

Added by Edith Grove on July 24, 2008 at 9:30am — No Comments

A Sense of Community

This isn't even remotely a formal restaurant review, just a recommendation. Jennifer James 101 will make you forget that it's located in a strip mall where stray mattresses land in the median out on Menaul and traffic moves at a brisk pace just outside the front windows. The warm orange interior and limited amount of seating gives it an upscale neighborhood restaurant feel.

I went for the first time with our esteemed DCF founder… Continue

Added by Edith Grove on July 10, 2008 at 12:00pm — 12 Comments

Old Town Up Close

It's not just for tourists. Old Town- that place where we take our out of town friends for an afternoon stroll - is saying "Yoohoo, sailor" to the town at large. My suggested prescription for a Wednesday evening in summer: start at Seasons with a margarita (with their house made sweet and sour - try the Hornitos version at $8). Climb down from the cantina (happy hour runs from 4-6:30) and head to the… Continue

Added by Edith Grove on June 26, 2008 at 10:30am — 3 Comments

Cool Cars in ABQ

I've been thinking a lot about cars lately. We can't avoid the gas price news and I can't avoid the 4-month Prius waiting list. Or my current PT Cruiser giving up the ghost (hopefully just temporarily) and sitting like a silver toad in the driveway covered with elm sap and wind dust - unable (or unwilling) to start.

Route 66 - the ultimate ribbon of shrine to the automobile - cuts right through the middle of our fair city. Welcome to the… Continue

Added by Edith Grove on June 12, 2008 at 12:01pm — 7 Comments

3rd Street Arts - Listening Room

I gaze across and down the street and see a large old house with nearly a half dozen chimneys poking out all over the roof. Was it a railroad worker boarding house once? Maybe somebody just really loved fireplaces. This is the view from out front of the 3rd Street Arts Listening Room.

A sign on the tall front fence is the only indication… Continue

Added by Edith Grove on May 29, 2008 at 9:30am — 1 Comment

Fraction - Online Photo Magazine

The first issue of online photo magazine Fraction has hit the virtual newsstand. It features some gorgeous work by New Mexico photographers Mark Geil and David Bram. Don't miss the slide show of portraits of New Mexico artists by Karen Kuehn - with a wide variety of artists including OK Harris, Joel Peter Witkin and Stella Teller. Click to it!

Added by Edith Grove on May 28, 2008 at 9:00am — 3 Comments

Monument in Our Backyard

Since moving to New Mexico I have traipsed around the state, landing at such exotic locales as White Sands National Monument, Bandelier National Monument, El Malpais National Monument, Fort Union National Monument and the Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument (a personal favorite). Yet it took me years to cotton on to a monument we keep stashed away in our… Continue

Added by Edith Grove on May 22, 2008 at 9:00am — 8 Comments

Koi and Waterfalls

Koi fish and waterfalls - not the first two things that come to mind when you think about Albuquerque. Under sweepingly pruned cottonwoods at the relatively new Sasebo Japanese Garden at the Aquarium/Botanic Gardens portion of our Biopark, you'll find both. The garden is named for our sister city in Japan and was designed by Toru Tanaka - whose guiding hand helped steered the famed… Continue

Added by Edith Grove on May 15, 2008 at 10:00am — 9 Comments

The Man's Hat Shop - not just for men!

I had a memorable visit to Toronto once. The b&b where I stayed was in a neighborhood that still had a lot of old world-style charm. There was a bread shop just for bread. A cheese shop just for cheese. The proprietors knew their stuff and provided customer service in a way that a large conglomerate store never could. That's the feeling I get stepping into the Man's Hat Shop on Central downtown.

A few months ago I said, "Enough with the… Continue

Added by Edith Grove on April 3, 2008 at 10:32am — 8 Comments

Yum, spring.

I notice that my eating habits take a subtle turn around this time of year. One week it's bison stew and baked potatoes, the next I'm raiding the recipes from The Greens and stuffing feta and cucumbers into whole wheat pita halves. Last weekend my mother and I went out past Old Town to drop into the filled-to-the-gills Aquarium and Botanic Gardens (OMG!!! Baby Sharks!! LOL).…


Added by Edith Grove on March 27, 2008 at 11:56am — 16 Comments

7 Things... (Culinary Edition)

Inspired by Sophie's "7 things about Albuquerque that make my friends in other cities burn with jealousy" post, I'm submitting my own - foodie style.

Red and green chile -

This is obvious, but it has to be said. Nowhere else in the country do they have chile quite like what we have here. When I first moved to Albuquerque, I thought there was no way I would ever get into the chile culture. I was so very, very wrong. We have a friend in Houston who wants my enchiladas… Continue

Added by Edith Grove on February 28, 2008 at 1:46pm — 5 Comments

Valentine's Letter to Talin

Dearest Talin,

I've loved you from the days when you were but a scruffy young thing with shelves packed high with dried fish and freezers wedged into the back beneath low ceilings. When you shed your old building in exchange for the new, I thought,"My, Talin, you've grown. And you look goooood."

I proposed that we move in together, but since you were so set on seeing other people… Continue

Added by Edith Grove on February 14, 2008 at 11:10am — 8 Comments

Amtrak's New Digs

If you've ever ridden a train in or out of Albuquerque, you've seen the sad state of the cramped, worn-out Amtrak station down on 1st Street. For a town with a proud history of locomotive repair, the largest Harvey House by the rails (the old Alvarado) and some spectacular railroad boom years, this station was pretty tragic.…


Added by Edith Grove on January 31, 2008 at 11:33am — 11 Comments

Day Trip to Salinas

I'm still recovering my sense of taste, so this post will be a physical excursion rather than a culinary one. Down south and a bit east of us is a quiet national monument that makes an ideal day getaway from Albuquerque.

Despite the directions that…


Added by Edith Grove on January 24, 2008 at 9:30am — 7 Comments

Keep It Clean

I returned from getting my geek on at CES only to catch a lovely head cold. So no taste-testing for me this week. Everything seems bland right now. So I got to thinking after reading a comment about restaurant cleanliness in a discussion - how many folks keep up on the health inspection reports?

I used to browse them many years ago in the Journal before they stopped publishing all the gory details. Now you get the quick approved/not approved… Continue

Added by Edith Grove on January 17, 2008 at 1:35pm — 6 Comments

The Art of Eating

The Albuquerque Museum is a welcome jewel in the Duke City crown. Where else in town can you find a suit of ancient armor with an arrow hole, a well-thought-out permanent collection, a traveling Egyptian exhibit and some great pasta sauce?

You won't find the pasta sauce hanging on a wall, but you will find it in the City Treats Cafe just inside the museum entrance near the gift shop. This small, from-scratch restaurant (the only things they… Continue

Added by Edith Grove on December 20, 2007 at 11:21am — 3 Comments

ISO Lady Londonderry in ABQ

It's my favorite tea from way back in my Arkansas days. Lady Londonderry is a classic English black tea with hints of strawberry and lemon - it's soothing and flavorful with a slightly flowery edge. Having gone years without running across it at the usual haunts like Ta Lin and Cost Plus, I set out to seek it out in Albuquerque. (Pictures Coming Soon - I'm having technical difficulties!)

I called Summerhouse Tea & Trading Company that had been located on Harvard near UNM. But the… Continue

Added by Edith Grove on December 13, 2007 at 2:38pm — 11 Comments

Flying Star Revisited

The bread rolls are back. They remind me of the pretzels you get at the ballpark. Not that that's a bad thing. There were times at the Flying Stars of yore when the rolls were too hard to really make it through.

We actually made it out for dinner at under $20. By ordering a garden delight sandwich and machacado (and nothing else). The Nob Hill star seems as busy as ever. The machacado seems much the same as when it first landed on the menu, though the dishware has changed. Tonight's… Continue

Added by Edith Grove on December 2, 2007 at 4:31pm — 11 Comments

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